Dawn of the Dead (2004, USA) C-109m. SCOPE ** D: Zack Snyder. Starring Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, Mekhi Phifer, Ty Burrell, Jayne Eastwood, Matt Frewer, Scott H. Reiniger, Tom Savini, Ken Foree. Adrenalin-pumped but pointless remake of the classic 1978 horror movie by George Romero. Several people find refuge in a shopping mall, after an epidemic sweeps through the country turning dead people into flesh-eating zombies. Hardly any novelties (the zombies run and there are 'twitchers'), film lacks the original's oppressive atmosphere totally and only seems interested in gory effects. Unexpectedly, film comes to bloody life in the final thirty minutes. Still, works only if you can disengage this movie from the memory of the original. Tom Savini, Ken Foree and Scott Reiniger of the original cast have cameos.


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